Category Archives: Assistance Programs

November 5, 2021 eNews

Collage of three houses shown at night. The top has an illuminated graveyard, the bottom left has lights on trees, along the sidewalk and a witch in the front yard, and the bottom right has a lit walkway, hay bale, pumpkins and skeletons in the front yard.

Halloween Decoration Tour Results

Thank you to our 15 fabulous participants and everyone who visited this year’s Halloween Tour!  The results are in – the houses that won for each category are listed below and voting was close! Huge thanks to Book Club for donating one of this year’s prizes!

  • Neighborhood Favorite (top): 5821 Sheridan Ave S
  • Spookiest (bottom left): 5621 Morgan Ave S
  • Best Use of Pumpkins (bottom right): 5937 Sheridan Ave S

Election Results

Looking for election results and voter turnout statistics?  Check out https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/results-data/

Thanks to everyone who voted in this year’s municipal election and special thanks to those of you who served as election judges!


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Support the Armatage Neighborhood Association

The Safety Rebate Program. Spring and Fall Clean-ups. Holiday Tours. Welcome Bags. Free workshops and community conversations. Neighborhood events. Safety and green initiatives.

Over the past 30 years, your neighborhood association has worked hard to make Armatage a place where all feel welcome, empowered, and connected through safety initiatives,  annual  community-building events, environmental work, advocacy, and communications that keep you informed and engaged.

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the ANA’s work in our community at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Armatage-Neighborhood-Association  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to the ANA are tax-deductible and eligible for employer matches.


Carved pumpkin that has seen better days and is starting to compost on a front step.

Compost Your Pumpkins

When you’re done with your carved pumpkins and other gourds, you can put them in your green organics recycling cart. They don’t need to be bagged. Remember to remove any candles, etc.

If you haven’t signed up for organics recycling, you can put them with your other bagged yard waste for collection. Added synthetic materials such as paint, glitter or jewels make pumpkins non-compostable, and then they have to go in the black garbage cart.

Remember: Wrappers from Halloween candy go in the garbage. They are not recyclable or compostable. Learn more about organics recycling, yard waste collection, and more at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/garbage-recycling-cleanup/


Image of City of Minneapolis trash bin, recycling bin, and bags of yard waste set out for collection.

Yard Waste Collection Ends Soon!

The yard waste collection season is coming to an end! The final week of collection will be the week of November 15. Learn more at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/garbage-recycling-cleanup/yard-waste/


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Fall Street Sweeping

Watch the progress, look up your sweeping date, and get all your street sweeping questions answered at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/getting-around/parking-driving/street-sweep/


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Sign up for the Holiday Light Tour

If you live in Armatage and love to decorate for the holidays, sign up to be a part of the second annual Armatage Holiday Light Tour! Any winter holiday or theme is welcome!

By signing up you agree to have your decorations up during the tour and to have your address published on the tour map. Sign up by Tuesday, December 7 at 11:59pm at https://armatage.org/holidaylights/


Protect Your Children from Lead Poisoning

Get the facts, get your home tested, and get your child tested. If you’re responsible for a child 5 or younger, your home may be eligible for help making it safer for your children.

Lead exposure can put young children at risk for permanent damage to their brains and nervous systems, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and other serious health concerns. Protecting them from lead poisoning when they’re young helps them have a better, safer life growing up and as an adult.

Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. Most often windows are the worst location for lead paint hazards. This funding will help replace windows, windowsills, porch floors, staircases and other locations that have lead paint. We can also do other home safety work such as getting rid of lead paint hazards, cockroaches, mice, and asthma triggers; adding handrails and radon mitigation systems; and weatherizing.

For a free assessment and help getting hazards out of your home, call 612-673-2301. Find more information on the City website.


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Bylaws & Funding Plan Approved

Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the new Armatage Neighborhood Association Bylaws and Funding Plan!  Community feedback gathered during the public comment period was overwhelmingly positive on both. The ANA Board met to discuss feedback and approved both documents on October 19. Learn more here.


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Participate in Minneapolis Redistricting

After every census, Minneapolis updates the boundaries of its 13 City Council wards and six Park Board districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, builds the new maps with input from their communities. The Redistricting Group needs your help with the redistricting project to make sure all voices are heard.

Participate in the Redistricting Project


City Budget Review is Underway

Review of Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed 2022 City budget is underway by the City Council.  The proposed $1.599 billion budget includes a 5.45% levy increase. The mayor’s recommended City budget invests in affordable housing, youth programming, community safety, climate action and an inclusive economic recovery.  Learn more about the budget process at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/budget and save the date for upcoming public hearings:

  • Public hearings are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 6:05 p.m. Dec. 1 and 6:05 p.m. Dec. 8.
  • Dec. 8: Council scheduled to vote on budget adoption

Roll up your sleeves Minnesota graphic showing a person with a mask and a bandaid to indicate recent vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccines are HERE for Kids 5-11

Visit mn.gov/vaccine to use the Vaccine Locator Map to locate and contact providers about vaccines for kids ages 5-11.

September 2, 2021 eNews

Playground Reopening Celebration: Sep 9

Thursday, September 9
4:30-6:30pm

The Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration is rescheduled for Thursday, September 9 from 4:30-6:30pm!  We’re excited to share FREE popsicles and cold treats (donated by the ANA and Jonny Pops!) and celebrate the new play equipment with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Armatage Elementary!

Learn more about the planning process at bit.ly/armatagepark and read how neighborhood funds were used to make completing this project possible at armatage.org/armatage-park-play-area/


Meet Armatage Author Metra Farrari

Saturday, September 11
9:00am-12:00pm

Come meet local Armatage author, Metra Farrari, AND check out her debut novel, All the Blues Come Through! Meet Metra outside at the park next Saturday, September 11 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Plus you’ll have another chance to grab an All Are Welcome Here lawn sign from the ANA. Can’t wait – see you there, neighbors!


Meet Your Community Helpers Event

Saturday, September 25
2:00-5:00pm

Save the date for an outdoor event at Armatage Park with the helpers that serve our community including the Minneapolis Fire Department, Solid Waste & Recycling, MPD, USPS, EMTs and more!

There will be distanced demos, educational activities, a school supply drive and TRUCKS! Learn more at https://armatage.org/meet-your-community-helpers/


Upcoming Candidate Forums

We’ve teamed up with our neighboring communities to host non-partisan City Council and Park Board candidate forums as well as an educational series on the proposed charter amendments to help you get ready for Election Day on November 2!

  • Park Board District 6 Candidate Forum: Tuesday, September 28 from 7:00-8:30pm Register to attend or to submit questions at bit.ly/mprbdist6
  • Ward 13 City Council Candidate Forum: Monday, October 4 from at 7:00pm. Registration link coming soon!
  • Charter Amendment Forum: TBD Details and registration link coming soon!

Jim Crow of the North Free Screening & Discussion

Thursday, October 7
6:30-8:00pm

The Armatage Safety, Equity and Outreach Committee is hosting a FREE community screening and discussion of the TPT documentary, Jim Crow of the North, on the history of redlining in the Twin Cities on Thursday, October 7 from 6:30-8:00pm outside the Armatage Rec Center. Dress for the weather and plan to distance. Free hot cocoa and popcorn provided.

Learn more and sign up at https://armatage.org/jimcrowofthenorth/


Fall Neighborhood Clean-up

Saturday, October 2
9:00-11:00am

Join the Armatage Green Team for our annual Fall Clean-up on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00-11:00am! This is a great opportunity for kids, teens and adults to show neighborhood pride and keep trash and recycling out of our waterways. Sign-up at https://armatage.org/events/clean-ups/


Early Voting Opens Sep 17

The Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave. opens at 8:00am Friday, September 17 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also September 17, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begins mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/vote-early-in-person  And see what’s on the ballot at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot

Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall! Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections. Learn more at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/ranked-choice-voting/


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find signs at the park on Saturday, September 11 from 9:00am-12:00pm and at the Meet Your Community Helpers event on September 25 from 2:00-5:00pm at Armatage Park.


The Mayor’s 2022 City Budget Proposal is Here

Mayor Frey has outlined his recommended City budget for 2022. The proposed $1.599 billion budget includes a 5.45% levy increase and a gradual $2.6 million increase for youth programming through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, ongoing funding for the Office of Violence Prevention, and five recruit and cadet classes to bring new, community-oriented officers into the Minneapolis Police Department. The City Council will begin reviewing the proposed budget on September 13.

Learn more about the budget proposal.


Minneapolis Public Schools Travel Reimbursement for Families

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is encouraging families who can transport their students to school on their own to do so. The district shared that sporadic school bus service is expected this fall due to a continuing shortage of bus drivers faced by school districts across the country. MPS will also offer travel reimbursements to families who are able to transport their students to and from school. Learn more at https://transportation.mpls.k12.mn.us/bus_reimbursement


Free COVID-19 Vaccines and $100 Gift Cards at the Fair

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 yet? The strongest defense against the delta variant is through vaccination. The State of Minnesota will be offering $100 Visa gift cards on site to fairgoers who get their first FREE COVID-19 vaccine dose at the Community Vaccine Clinic at the Minnesota State Fair through Sept. 6.  No ID or insurance is needed – learn more here.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID. Learn more here.

Upcoming Free Vaccine Clinics

  • Whittier Park, 425 W. 26th St. 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • TAKS Faith Community Health Program, 2601 Minnehaha Ave. 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. Pfizer and J & J (12 and older)
  • 2021 Franklin Middle School, 1501 Aldrich Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • Phelps Park, 701 E. 39th St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • North Community YMCA, 1711 W. Broadway Ave. (Mobile Bus) 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 & Oct. 18. Pfizer (12 and older) Registration

You can also sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get contacted about vaccine in your area.


Employment Resources

Many Minnesota residents have been receiving extended unemployment benefits under a federal program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The federal law that authorized the PEUC program will expire September 4, which means that these benefits will end.

If you’re thinking of returning to a job like the one you had before, CareerForce’s online job bank is available to find the latest job postings. If you need assistance finding a job, your local CareerForce location can help. Staff there can help you update your resume, navigate online job sites and find jobs that are a good fit for you. Connect to the Minneapolis CareerForce locations and please note that North Minneapolis CareerForce is taking appointments for immediate, in-person job seeking services.

You may be eligible for Dislocated Worker Services if you have been laid off (didn’t quit or were not fired), are unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry, and/or are eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Find more information.


Rent and Housing Assistance as the Eviction Moratorium Ends

MN law now requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.

This new law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211.

If you have questions about your specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium, contact:

August 24, 2021 eNews

Aug 24 Meeting Recap

Thank you to all who joined the ANA Monthly Meeting this week!  5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell, Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen, and Council Member Linea Palmisano all gave updates and answered questions. The investigation into the racist messages on milk jugs that have appeared around the neighborhood is ongoing.

The ANA Board approved a draft budget for an upcoming City Plan Modification, approved a final Equitable Engagement Template, and started sharing ideas for the future of the Safety Rebate Program as neighborhood funding starts to drop over the next few years. The Board also approved funds ($325) for 3-4 upcoming non-partisan Candidate Forums and Charter Amendment Educational Forums as well as for an interactive equity-focused activity at the Meet Your Community Helpers event in September ($225).


Postponed: Aug 26 Playground Reopening Celebration

Due to today’s stormy forecast, the Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration will be postponed to a date in September (TBD).  Stay tuned for the new date, which will be shared here, at armatage.org and on social media.  We’re excited to share free cold treats (donated by the ANA and Jonny Pops!) and celebrate the new play equipment with Armatage Elementary and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board soon!

Learn more about the planning process at bit.ly/armatagepark and read how neighborhood funds were used to make completing this project possible at armatage.org/armatage-park-play-area/


Meet Your Community Helpers Event

Save the date for an outdoor event at Armatage Park with the helpers that serve our community including the Minneapolis Fire Department, Solid Waste & Recycling, MPD, USPS, EMTs and more!

There will be distanced demos, educational activities, a school supply drive and TRUCKS! More details to come at armatage.org.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find signs at the Meet Your Community Helpers event on September 25 from 2:00-5:00pm at Armatage Park.


The Mayor’s 2022 City Budget Proposal is Here

Mayor Frey has outlined his recommended City budget for 2022. The proposed $1.599 billion budget includes a 5.45% levy increase and a gradual $2.6 million increase for youth programming through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, ongoing funding for the Office of Violence Prevention, and five recruit and cadet classes to bring new, community-oriented officers into the Minneapolis Police Department. The City Council will begin reviewing the proposed budget in mid-September.

Learn more about the budget proposal.


Minneapolis Public Schools Travel Reimbursement for Families

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is encouraging families who can transport their students to school on their own to do so. The district shared that sporadic school bus service is expected this fall due to a continuing shortage of bus drivers faced by school districts across the country. MPS will also offer travel reimbursements to families who are able to transport their students to and from school. Learn more at https://transportation.mpls.k12.mn.us/bus_reimbursement


Free COVID-19 Vaccines and $100 Gift Cards at the Fair

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 yet? The strongest defense against the delta variant is through vaccination. The State of Minnesota will be offering $100 Visa gift cards on site to fairgoers who get their first FREE COVID-19 vaccine dose at the Community Vaccine Clinic at the Minnesota State Fair from Aug. 26 through Sept. 6.  No ID or insurance is needed – learn more here.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID. Learn more here.

Upcoming Free Clinics

  • Steven’s Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 28. Pfizer (12 and older)
  • RSA, 740 E Lake Street (former parking lot of Roberts Shoes at Chicago & Lake) 10-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. Pfizer (12 and over)
  • YMCA, 3335 Blaisdell Ave. 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. Pfizer (12 and over)
  • Summit Academy IOC, 935 Olsen Memorial Hwy. 4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. Pfizer (12 and over)

You can also sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get contacted about vaccine in your area.


Rent and Housing Assistance as the Eviction Moratorium Ends

MN law now requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.

This new law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211.

If you have questions about your specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium, contact:


Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants Available

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for up to $5,000 to deconstruct residential buildings. Property owners and developers are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a homeowner or developer in Hennepin County and the work must be on residential properties. Projects must meet the reuse and disposal criteria, the structure being demolished or renovated must have been built prior to 1970, and the size of structure or area of renovation must be 500 square feet or larger. Learn more and apply at https://www.hennepin.us/deconstruction

August 19, 2021 eNews

Aug 24 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome to join next week’s Monthly Meeting on Zoom! Due to scheduling, the ANA Board made the decision to hold this meeting a week later than usual and on Zoom. Register for the link at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Park Update – Jordan Nelson (6:35pm)
  • City Update – Council Member Linea Palmisano (6:40pm)
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen (7:00pm)
  • Final Edits & Approval of Equitable Engagement Template (7:20pm)
  • Future of Safety Rebate Program (7:30pm)
  • Coordinator Report (7:55pm)
    • Funds for District 6 Park Commissioner ($75), Charter Amendment Education ($150), and Ward 13 City Council Candidate Forums ($100)
    • Armatage Playground Celebration
  • Committee Action Needed (8:05pm)
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach: Funds for Sep 25 Event EQUITY signs
  • New Business (8:10pm)

Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration

Thursday, August 26
4:30-6:30pm

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB), and Armatage Community School for a Playground Reopening Celebration! Enjoy free cold treats (donated by the ANA and Jonny Pops!) and celebrate with music and new play equipment!

Learn more about the planning process at bit.ly/armatagepark and read how neighborhood funds were used to make completing this project possible at armatage.org/armatage-park-play-area/


Cycle the Summer at Armatage: August 25

Minneapolis Parks will host a Cycle the Summer event for kids at Armatage Park on Wednesday, August 25 as part of their series of smaller, bike-focused events throughout the summer for people of all ages, backgrounds and riding abilities!

Learn more about the Cycle the Summer series and sign up for the August 25 Cycle the Summer event or the upcoming Biking Without Barriers events at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/cycle_the_summer/ 


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find signs at the Playground Reopening Celebration on Thursday, Aug 26 from 4:30-6:30pm at Armatage Park.


Summer Food Truck Night Thank You

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Summer Food Truck Night on August 14! It was amazing to spend the evening outdoors enjoying good food, music and sunshine with neighbors. Huge thanks to our volunteers, vendors and partners for a great event!


Meet Your Community Helpers Event

Save the date for an outdoor event at Armatage Park with the helpers that serve our community including the Minneapolis Fire Department, Solid Waste & Recycling, USPS, EMTs and more!

There will be distanced demos, educational activities, a school supply drive and TRUCKS! More details to come at armatage.org.


Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants Available

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for up to $5,000 to deconstruct residential buildings. Property owners and developers are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a homeowner or developer in Hennepin County and the work must be on residential properties. Projects must meet the reuse and disposal criteria, the structure being demolished or renovated must have been built prior to 1970, and the size of structure or area of renovation must be 500 square feet or larger. Learn more and apply at https://www.hennepin.us/deconstruction


Get a Free COVID-19 Vaccine, Get $100

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 yet? The strongest defense against the delta variant is through vaccination. Plus, the State of Minnesota is offering a $100 incentive for everyone age 12 and older who gets vaccinated by August 22.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID. Questions about the vaccines? Watch and share this video for 11 things you should know about COVID-19 vaccines.

Upcoming Free Clinics

  • Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. 9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday
  • Steven’s Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 27

You can also sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get contacted about vaccine in your area.


Masks Required for Municipal Buildings

Here are our local mask requirements to follow in response to rising COVID-19 cases:

  • The City of Minneapolis now requires everyone over the age of two to wear a mask inside city municipal buildings.  Read more here.
  • For Hennepin County buildings, the requirement is that everyone age five and up wear a mask. See more about the Hennepin County guidlines here.
  • The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board now requires masks for all staff and visitors ages two and older in all its buildings. Read more here.

Rent and Housing Assistance as the Eviction Moratorium Ends

MN law now requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.

This new law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211.

If you have questions about your specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium, contact:


Free Pet Adoptions for Cats & Dogs Over 6 Months

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs over six months old currently at the shelter. Visit the City’s website for more information.

Adoption details

Come prepared

  • To adopt you must be 18 years old with a valid form of identification.
  • Minneapolis residents must also provide proof of their current address and of current rabies vaccines for other pets (cats, dogs or ferrets).
  • Cats and small critters must leave in a carrier. You can bring a carrier or buy a cardboard transport box at the shelter. Dogs must leave on a leash. You can bring a leash and collar, or the shelter will provide a slip lead.

August 13, 2021 eNews

Summer Food Truck Night this Saturday

Saturday, August 14
4:00-6:00pm

Our next neighborhood Food Truck Night is almost here! Five food trucks will be in the Armatage parking lot to take distanced orders. Swing by the ANA table for free paper marbling (seriously, it’s SO cool!), kids books generously donated by Jump! Library and an All Are Welcome Lawn Sign. Bring your blanket or chairs and find a spot in the park to picnic.

More info at armatage.org/summer-food-truck-night/  While our fabulous band had a family emergency and can’t make it, we’ll have music going throughout the event. In case of severe weather, we’ll post cancellations on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

COVID Safety: please plan to distance, bring a mask to wear when ordering or stopping by tables, wash hands, and stay home if you’re experiencing any symptoms, were recently exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or are waiting on a COVID-19 test. Thanks for keeping our neighbors, staff, vendors and volunteers safe!


Statement from the ANA

If you have information to help identify those responsible, please report via 311. Video doorbell footage is also very helpful.


Community Listening Sessions on City’s Response to 2020 Protests: Today at 1:30pm

Minneapolis residents are invited to one last listening session about the City’s response to the protests in May and June 2020 as part of an after-action review conducted by the Hillard Heintze team contracted by  the City.

During this session, the team members will introduce themselves and give an overview of the project’s objectives and anticipated outcome. Hillard Heintze facilitators will host breakout participation groups to hear the perspectives of all residents in attendance.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting) – neighbors are encouraged to join meetings:

  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Summer Food Truck Night
  • Thursday, Aug 26 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Playground Reopening Celebration

Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration

Thursday, August 26
4:30-6:30pm

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB), and Armatage Community School for a Playground Reopening Celebration! Enjoy free  cold treats (donated by the ANA and Jonny Pops!) and celebrate with music and new play equipment!

Learn more about the planning process at bit.ly/armatagepark and read how neighborhood funds were used to make completing this project possible at armatage.org/armatage-park-play-area/


Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Hennepin County is collecting household hazardous waste for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted household and lawn and garden products including paints, chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and fuels.  Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.

Remaining Collection Events

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm on August 13-14: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.

Visit Hennepin County’s household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items you can bring to the event, review safety guidelines, and see all 2021 events.


Get a Free COVID-19 Vaccine, Get $100

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 yet? The strongest defense against the delta variant is through vaccination. Plus, the State of Minnesota is offering a $100 incentive for everyone age 12 and older who gets vaccinated by August 15.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID. Questions about the vaccines? Watch and share this video for 11 things you should know about COVID-19 vaccines.

Upcoming Free Clinics

  • Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. 9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday
  • Steven’s Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 27

You can also sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get contacted about vaccine in your area.


Masks Required for Municipal Buildings

There are new mask requirements to follow in response to rising COVID-19 cases:

  • The City of Minneapolis now requires everyone over the age of two to wear a mask inside city municipal buildings.  Read more here.
  • For Hennepin County buildings, the requirement is that everyone age five and up wear a mask. See more about the Hennepin County guidlines here.
  • The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board now requires masks for all staff and visitors ages two and older in all its buildings. Read more here.

Rent and Housing Assistance as the Eviction Moratorium Ends

MN law now requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.

This new law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211.

If you have questions about your specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium, contact:


Free Pet Adoptions for Cats & Dogs Over 6 Months

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs over six months old currently at the shelter. Visit the City’s website for more information.

Adoption details

Come prepared

  • To adopt you must be 18 years old with a valid form of identification.
  • Minneapolis residents must also provide proof of their current address and of current rabies vaccines for other pets (cats, dogs or ferrets).
  • Cats and small critters must leave in a carrier. You can bring a carrier or buy a cardboard transport box at the shelter. Dogs must leave on a leash. You can bring a leash and collar, or the shelter will provide a slip lead.

Drought Tip: Water Your Trees

During our drought, remember that trees – especially young trees – need watering any time it doesn’t rain an inch in a week.  Under the current sprinkling restrictions (see below), tree watering is allowed with a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bag as needed.

Please water during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation and give the maximum benefit to our urban tree canopy!  📷 of Sheridan Ave next to Armatage School


Water Sprinkling Restrictions are in Effect

Sprinkling restrictions started in July for all Minneapolis residents and businesses! Check out the guidelines here and thank you for doing your part to conserve water during this drought!

Sprinkling Restrictions

  • Sprinkling lawns is NOT allowed from noon to 6 p.m. on any day.
  • On calendar days that are even numbers (examples: July 26 or Aug. 18), the even side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns outside of the noon to 6 p.m. time window. Examples: 1238 Oak St. or 2574 Cedar Ave.
  • On calendar days that are odd numbers (examples July 27 or Aug. 19), the odd side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns. Examples: 1247 Maple St. or 2561 18th Ave.

Exceptions

  • Bushes and flowers may be watered with a hand-held hose as needed.
  • Vegetable gardens and new sod (first two weeks from placement) may be watered on any day but not during the prohibited afternoon hours of noon to 6 p.m.
  • Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bag as needed.

Learn more including water conservation tips at www.minneapolismn.gov/news/2021/july/city-implements-even-odd-water-sprinkling-restrictions/

June 17, 2021 eNews

June 15 Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our first outdoor meeting this week at Armatage Park!  Project Designer Francisca Pass gave an update on the Armatage Playground construction, which hit a couple delays and should now wrap up at the end of July. The ANA Board voted to spend $27,645.21 of its Park Improvement funds to cover the funding gap for the playground so it can be completed this summer. This donation from the neighborhood will go toward two more shade canopies and an accessible seesaw.

The Board also approved an amended budget for its 2021 Community Participation Program funding from the City of Minneapolis, discussed its upcoming application for the City’s new Equitable Engagement Fund, and approved $250 for live music at our upcoming Aug 14 Summer Food Truck Night.


Thank You, Rachel!

A huge thank you to our outgoing Accountant (and Armatage neighbor!), Rachel Ireland-Henry! We are very grateful for Rachel’s years of service with the ANA and wish her all the best in her new adventures!  If you see her around the neighborhood, please tell her thank you!

The ANA is in the midst of a search for a new contract Accountant and will share a position description with the neighborhood soon. Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org with questions.


Events to Commemorate Juneteenth

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will host outdoor movies, discussions, music and family activities scheduled. Learn more at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/juneteenth/

Hennepin County Library also has a great line-up of online events and videos at https://www.hclib.org/Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

Thank you to Hennepin County Library for the following history of Juneteenth, which is now a new City holiday in Minneapolis!

Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but news of emancipation moved slowly. For the next 2½ years, enslaved Africans and Black abolitionists persevered in the struggle for freedom.

In Texas, formerly enslaved Africans celebrated their emancipation on June 19, 1865, and since then, Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday. From the late nineteenth century through today, typical Juneteenth celebrations across the country include parades, speeches by African American community leaders, singing of traditional songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and dancing.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting):

  • Saturday, June 19 from 10:00-11:00am
  • Saturday, July 10 from 10:00-11:00am at our Safety Equity & Outreach meeting
  • Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting

Affordable Camps through Minneapolis Parks

Sign up your child ages 7-14 for Olympics Celebration, Summer Survivor or Sports Sampler camps beginning Monday, June 21

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to offer new Neighborhood Day Camps this summer! Themed, all-day, weeklong camps are available throughout the summer for the low cost of $10 per child.

Visit bit.ly/NMplsDayCamps to learn more and sign up!


Free Hennepin County Food Waste Prevention Webinars

You’re invited to an upcoming webinar to help you learn how to make the most of their food with tips and tricks for shopping, storing, and cooking.

This webinar is part of Hennepin County’s goal to raise awareness of how much food is wasted and help our residents with saving money, setting a good example, and having a positive impact on the planet.  The webinars are about an hour long with time for questions. They are free of charge, but registration is required. The registration link is here and you have three options to attend:

  • Wednesday, June 23rd from 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday June 24th from noon-1 p.m.
  • Friday June 25th from noon-1 p.m.

Armatage Playground Construction Update

Construction has begun and things are sure looking different at Armatage Park! The new estimate is that the play area should be completed and ready for use near the end of July. Sign up for project updates at bit.ly/armatagepark and we will plan to hold a community celebration in August!


Cycle the Summer in Minneapolis Parks

Minneapolis Parks is hosting a series of smaller, bike-focused events throughout the summer for people of all ages, backgrounds and riding abilities to get on a bike! Learn more about the Cycle the Summer series and sign up for Cycling 101 youth events (August 25 will be at Armatage Park!) at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/cycle_the_summer/ 


Armatage Safety Rebates

Did you know that the ANA offers $100 per household per calendar year to each Armatage household (both renters and homeowners) for security enhancements including items such as doorbell camera systems?

Learn more and apply for a rebate at armatage.org/security-rebate-program-for-residents/


Summer Movie – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off last weekend!  It was so wonderful to spend the evening outside with neighbors (and a hefty number of June bugs). There are many more opportunities to distance and enjoy free music and movies this summer: see the full list  at www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/music__movies/


Minnesota Rent Help

RentHelpMN was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or utility bills or fear that could happen. If you find yourself in this position, RentHelpMN is here to help. Eligible renters can receive assistance with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

Find out if you qualify and apply at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211, which has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.

 

June 10, 2021 eNews

June 15 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome to join next week’s OUTDOOR meeting at Armatage Park! Please bring a chair if possible and plan to distance. In case of rain, our back-up will be Zoom. Register at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Officer Elections for President and Treasurer
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Armatage Park Playground Project – Francisca Pass, Project Designer
  • President’s Report: City Contract Budget
  • Treasurer’s Report: Accountant Search
  • Coordinator Report: City Policies, Equitable Engagement Plan and Nonpartisan Election Forums
  • 3 Minute Committee Updates:
    • Community Engagement
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Green Team
    • Policy & Finance
  • New Business

All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign. Or, find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting):

  • TODAY (Thursday, June 10) after school, from 1:30-2:30pm
  • Saturday, June 12 from 8:00-9:00pm, just before our Movie in the Park, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting
  • Saturday, June 19 from 10:00-11:00am

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park

Saturday, June 12 | dusk

Join the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Armatage Neighborhood Association for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park on Saturday, June 12! Friendly neighborhood volunteers will be set-up to take lawn sign orders, answer questions, and share what the neighborhood is working on from 8:00-9:00pm and the movie starts at dusk.

Bring your blanket, bug spray and plan to distance to keep you and your neighbors safe. See the full list of Minneapolis Music & Movies at www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/music__movies/


Juneteenth

Thank you to Hennepin County Library for the following history of Juneteenth, which is now a new City holiday in Minneapolis!

Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but news of emancipation moved slowly. For the next 2½ years, enslaved Africans and Black abolitionists persevered in the struggle for freedom.

In Texas, formerly enslaved Africans celebrated their emancipation on June 19, 1865, and since then, Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday. From the late nineteenth century through today, typical Juneteenth celebrations across the country include parades, speeches by African American community leaders, singing of traditional songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and dancing.

Events to Commemorate Juneteenth

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has a week of outdoor movies, discussions, music and family activities scheduled. Learn more at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/juneteenth/

Hennepin County Library has a great line-up of online events and videos at https://www.hclib.org/Juneteenth


Public Hearing on American Rescue Plan Act Funding

The City Council’s Committee of the Whole will hold an online public hearing 6:05pm Wednesday, June 16 on Mayor Jacob Frey’s spending proposal for the first round of $271 million in federal funding awarded to the City of Minneapolis through the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

This is an online public hearing and community members are encouraged to register to comment at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on June 16 at 6:05pm. Learn how to participate in the public hearing here and review Mayor Frey’s spending proposal here.


Armatage Playground Construction Update

Construction has begun and things are sure looking different at Armatage Park! The new play area should be completed and ready for use around July 12-16. Sign up for project updates at bit.ly/armatagepark

Project Designer Francisca Pass will be sharing a construction update and the ANA will discuss contributing neighborhood funds to the project at our Armatage Monthly Meeting this Tuesday, June 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, outdoors at Armatage Park.  All neighbors are welcome to attend – please join us!


Pools & Beach Season is Here

Pools, water parks and beaches are opening up for the season! With dozens of wading pools, 12 beaches, two water parks, and the nation’s first natural swimming pool, Minneapolis parks provide all kinds of water fun. Armatage Park’s pool is scheduled to open after school ends.

Find schedules for wading pools, the Webber Natural Swimming pool, water parks, beaches and water activities.


Armatage Safety Rebates

Did you know that the ANA offers $100 per household per calendar year to each Armatage household (both renters and homeowners) for security enhancements including items such as doorbell camera systems?

Learn more and apply for a rebate at armatage.org/security-rebate-program-for-residents/


Minnesota Rent Help

RentHelpMN was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or utility bills or fear that could happen. If you find yourself in this position, RentHelpMN is here to help. Eligible renters can receive assistance with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

Find out if you qualify and apply at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211, which has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.


Minnesota Vaccine Connector

With COVID-19 vaccines now approved for young people 12 to 15 years old, sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector and get updates on vaccine opportunities in our area in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong. Getting vaccinated helps all of us get back to what we’ve missed sooner and safely.

Do your part now by continuing to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and stay home if you are sick. Doing all of these things will help keep people healthy until all Minnesotans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

May 13, 2021 eNews

Armatage Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 18
6:30-8:00pm | Zoom

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting! Register at bit.ly/ANAmtgs to attend.

Why attend the Annual Meeting? GREAT question! You will be able to hear from the leaders of Armatage Reparations & Equity Action, connect with State Representative Jamie Long, City Council Member Linea Palmisano and County Commissioner Marion Greene, enter to win one of six $25 gift cards to Armatage businesses (must be present to win), hear Board Election results, and learn what the ANA is doing for our community.

See below on how to vote in the Board Election through May 18!


Voting Open for the Board Election

Help elect the next Armatage Neighborhood Association Board by voting at armatage.org/2021boardelection/We have six fantastic candidates running this month.

Voting opened May 11 and runs through May 18 at 7:00pm. Election results will be announced at the Armatage Annual Meeting on May 18 (see above to sign up!). All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated representatives of a neighborhood business/institution are eligible to vote. Click here to learn about the candidates and cast your vote!


Spring Tea & Blooms Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Tea & Blooms event this past weekend!  We had a blast handing out take-home planting kits, giving away cookies donated by Café Cerés and free books from Jump! at 54th & Penn, and seeing neighbors after a long winter. Thanks to Jinx Tea and Sparrow Café for being part of the event and an especially huge thank you to our Community Engagement volunteer team!


Support Your Neighborhood

The Armatage Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and engaging our community. Donations drive our work. Support the neighborhood through GiveMN here.

With funding from the City of Minneapolis to drop significantly next year, even a $5 donation makes a difference! Thank you for your support.


Minnesota Rent Help

RentHelpMN was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or utility bills or fear that could happen. If you find yourself in this position, RentHelpMN is here to help. Eligible renters can receive assistance with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

Find out if you qualify and apply at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211, which has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.


Minnesota Vaccine Connector

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for young people 12 to 15 years old!  Getting vaccinated helps all of us get back to what we’ve missed sooner and safely.  Signing up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector lets you get updates on vaccine opportunities in our area in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong.

Do your part now by continuing to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and stay home if you are sick. Doing all of these things will help keep people healthy until all Minnesotans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.


Armatage Welcome Bags

Have you or neighbors on your block recently moved to Armatage? If so, we want to bring you an Armatage Welcome Bag! The groovy, reusable tote bag’s contents include useful information on the ANA, elected representatives, governmental services, local businesses, and a couple of fun items to welcome you.

  • Homeowners: be on the lookout for friendly ANA volunteers Ethan (pictured) or Kevin with a Welcome Bag with your name on it! They’ll swing by to do a masked, distanced drop-off.
  • Renters: if you are a renter who moved in during the past year or if you own a rental property in the neighborhood and have new tenants, please reach out to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and let us know where we can drop off a Welcome Bag!

Get Involved on an Armatage Committee

Neighbors are encouraged to join an Armatage Committee and get involved. Currently, meetings are held on Zoom or outdoors and distanced. Click on each group’s link below to learn more. Register to attend a meeting at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • The Green Team meets tonight (Thursday, May 13) from 7:00-8:15pm on Zoom.
  • Community Engagement next meets Thursday, June 3 from 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach next meets Saturday, June 5 from 10:00-11:00am at Armatage Park (see more above). Kids welcome and plan to wear a mask.

Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions

Read about the state’s changing COVID-19 restrictions at https://mn.gov/covid19/stay-safe/overview/index.jsp

March 18, 2021 eNews

March 16, 2021 Meeting Recap

Congratulations to newly-elected board member Janhel Leandre! Council Member Linea Palmisano addressed concerns on the trial, Roof Depot building in East Phillips, and charges files after recent carjacking arrests. Members of Armatage Reparations & Equity Action (AREA) shared how they’re helping more neighbors renounce racial housing covenants on their homes. Save the date for more on AREA at the Armatage Annual Meeting on May 18 on Zoom.

The ANA Board approved funds for web hosting and for take home planting kits for Community Engagement’s upcoming spring food truck event. All are welcome to join Armatage meetings. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs


Armatage Solar Workshop

Tuesday, March 30
7:00pm | Zoom

Join the Armatage Green Team and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) for a free community workshop on solar options including rooftop solar, solar gardens, options for renters and more! Register to attend at https://forms.gle/NNSk3FVnePjmbzVz8

The workshop is free to attend, will last approximately 60 minutes, and is open to all, whether you live in Armatage or not. All attendees will be entered to win a solar portable charger (generously donated by MRES) or a $25 gift card to either Wagner’s or Ace (donated by the ANA and Green Team). Must be present to win.


Hennepin County Emergency Rent Assistance: Apply through March 19

Hennepin County is offering emergency rent assistance. Households with unpaid rent and low incomes may qualify. The deadline to apply is noon tomorrow (Friday, March 19). Click here to apply now.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Governor Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. This is an initial short-term program for urgent needs. More help will be offered through a statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance program opening later this month.



Renouncing Racial Housing Covenants

Not long ago, racial covenants barred anyone who wasn’t white from owning hundreds of Armatage homes. Armatage Reparations & Equity Action (AREA) is a new group of local neighbors raising awareness of the covenants and their legacy. Although unenforceable today, the covenants still shape Southwest Minneapolis in 2021.

AREA publicly launched in January and has inspired at least 17 Armatage households to renounce their covenants. They invite you to join them. In the weeks and months ahead, they will launch a variety of initiatives intended to counter the covenants’ long-term effects. Learn more at AREA1946.com or at the May 18 Armatage Annual Meeting.

The City of Minneapolis also recently launched the Just Deeds program to help ALL Minneapolis residents denounce racial housing covenants on their homes. Learn more and apply at https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/attorney/just-deeds/


City Safety & Trial Info

The City of Minneapolis launched a new webpage to keep our community safe and informed during the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. Find updates on current street closures, sign up for trial updates, report suspicious activity, and find mental health resources for support during this traumatic time at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/trial-support-safety/

If you need assistance:

  • Call 911 for emergencies where someone’s safety is at risk that requires an immediate response from police, firefighters, or medics.
  • Call 612-692-TIPS (8477) or text 847411 to report suspicious activity directly to MPD that doesn’t require an emergency response (example: reporting a fast-moving car without license plates or spotting something odd in an alley)
  • Call Minneapolis 311 at 311 or 612-673-3000 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov for non-emergency concerns.

Our colleagues at the Minneapolis Downtown Council put together a helpful guide with dates, links, and FAQs on the upcoming trial. Check it out at https://www.mplsdowntown.com/trial/



Kid Clutter Pickup Drive in Armatage

Spring is here! Clean out all your outgrown kid stuff during the Kid Clutter Pickup Drive in Armatage on April 1st – 5th.

Kid A will pick up your used baby and kid items, pay you for gear they resell, and donate everything else to local organizations like Free Bikes 4 Kids MN and Arc’s Value Village.

Turn your kid clutter into community resources in one convenient and safe pickup – reserve a time now (slots are limited), then get ready to declutter! Learn more at https://kidamarketplace.com/pickup-drive


Discount Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

Get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a discount compost bin ($66) or rain barrel ($79) through the City of Minneapolis and the Recycling Association of Minnesota this spring. You can pick up your order on May 15 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Minneapolis Recycling Operations Facility, 2710 Pacific Street, Minneapolis, MN. Learn more at https://recycleminnesota.org/work/compost-bins-rain-barrels/


New Solid Waste & Recycling Facebook Group

Join the new Minneapolis Solid Waste, Recycling, and Organics Facebook group and talk with your fellow community members on all things garbage, recycling and organics recycling (composting). If you’re unsure whether an item is recyclable or compostable, your friends, family and neighbors in this group and Solid Waste & Recycling staff will help you find the answer.

Stay up to date on news and events happening in your community and learn useful tips and tricks to recycle, compost, reuse, and reduce waste as well. Please note if your garbage, recycling, organics, etc. were missed, or you received an educational tag on one of your carts – please call our office at 612-673-2917. These issues cannot be addressed in the Facebook group. Click here to join.



Low Cost Blue Thumb Spring Workshops

Blue Thumb is offering low cost DIY workshops again this spring. Topics include Bee Lawns, Resilient Yards and Planting for Pollinators. Attendees can get practical ideas for strengthening their yard while protecting the environment.

Staff from Metro Blooms, Blue Thumb’s parent organization, lead the workshops, which start in March. Each workshop costs $15 unless otherwise noted. Scholarships are available on request. More information and registration details can be found at https://bluethumb.org/events/ or by leaving a message at 651-699-2426. Presentations will be recorded for registrants who are not able to attend.


Get Involved on an Armatage Committee

The ANA just launched two NEW Armatage Committees! Neighbors are encouraged to join and get involved. Currently, all meetings are held on Zoom. Click on each group’s link below to learn more. Register to attend a meeting at https://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

 

 

 

 

 

Community Engagement next meets Thursday, April 1 from 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom to plan a distanced community event in May. Stay tuned!


The Green Team
will next meet on Thursday, April 8 from 7:00-8:15pm.


Safety, Equity & Outreach
will next meet on Saturday, April 10 from 10:00-11:00am at Armatage Park. Kids welcome and plan to wear a mask. Please note the date change due to Spring Break, Passover and Easter.

December 3, 2020 eNews

Armatage Holiday Light Tour

Enjoy the colorful city streets and light displays of our neighborhood this holiday season with our first-ever Holiday Light Tour, which starts next Friday, December 11 and runs each night from 5:00-8:00pm through Sunday, December 20. The tour is self-guided so look for the map at armatage.org next week!

Sign up for the Tour

Click here to register for the tour by Tuesday, December 8 at 11:59pm and be a bright spot in the neighborhood this season! Just like our Halloween Tour, we’ll ask visitors to vote for their favorites after visiting each stop on the tour. The three addresses with the most votes will each win a $50 gift card to an Armatage business!


Free COVID-19 Testing

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. For more info on what to expect, how to quarantine while you wait for results, when to expect results, and links to more testing sites visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5, Dec. 19

Columbia Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Dec. 20, Dec. 21

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E
Noon-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends starting Nov. 9
Make an appointment here.
Find instructions here.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave.
2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St.
2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment.
Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers. Otherwise, expect to get your test results in about two-three business days.



Free Pet Adoptions at MACC in December

To help pets find their forever homes for the holidays, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees for all adoptable animals during the month of December. Read more here.

Adoption details:

  • Browse adoptable animals at www2.minneapolismn.gov/animals/adopt.
  • Call 311 or 612-673-6222 to request an adoption appointment. All adoptions are being done by appointment to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adopters must meet and spend time with the animal they want to adopt before completing adoption paperwork.
  • Minneapolis residents must purchase a City pet license.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Survey

Got a few minutes? Take Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling’s survey on how your waste generation and purchasing behaviors have changed since March. The responses are anonymous and will serve as a guide for developing community outreach and educational messaging for 2021. The survey will close December 20 at 11:59 p.m. but don’t wait, fill it out today. Take the survey here.



COVID-19 Housing Assistance

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program helps cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and you can learn more in a few ways:

Hennepin County also continues to offer emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help


Reduce Waste this Holiday Season

Click here for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling’s tips to reduce food waste, buy used, safely recycle items like broken strings of lights, opt for low-waste decor and more!


Neighborhoods 2020 Guidelines Approved

The City Council has approved Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines for equity, funding, and governance among City-supported neighborhood organizations. These guidelines are designed to create equitable communities in which all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the diversity of the city.

Thank you to the MANY Armatage neighbors who took the time to comment on Neighborhoods 2020 and the future funding.  The current budget proposal provides less than .25 of 1% of the entire City budget to be divided between the 70 Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. There is just one remaining virtual public hearing for people to share their thoughts on the Mayor’s recommended 2021 City Budget.  See below on how to attend and speak or submit a comment for the public record.


Give Feedback on the Proposed 2020 Budget

Share your thoughts on Mayor Frey’s recommended 2021 City Budget by submitting a comment online or at the last virtual public hearing on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:05pm.

Learn how to participate in online public hearings here. Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.